Lack of teacher diversity in Minnesota is a crisis that contributes to the achievement gap for our students of color.
Ensuring recruitment and support for more people of color and American Indians into the teaching profession and to support the retention of those who already are in the profession is the ongoing purpose for the annual Conference for Current and Aspiring Educators of Color and American Indian Educators.
This conference is unique in the country and is now in its second year in Minnesota, and is full with over 300 people registered to attend, including nearly 80 percent who identify as persons of color or American Indian. Its theme is “Voices Heard: Transforming Education Equity.” The conference will be Aug. 9-11, 2017 at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, (700 E. Seventh Street) and is organized by the Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota (www.tocaimn.com). The program begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday with an opening program and reception and concludes Friday morning with a focus on youth voices and the donation of hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to local youth expected to be brought by conference participants. (Click here to see and use pictures from the summer 2016 conference.)